THE PHILIP­PINE EA­GLE

Animal Scene - - ANIMAL APPEAL -

For these re­gal birds, rainy sea­son means mat­ing sea­son. Courtship be­gins in July sig­naled by a “sex call” made by male ea­gles to at­tract the fe­males. Dur­ing mat­ing, these birds are seen do­ing aerial dis­plays of joint ac­tiv­i­ties such as soar­ing, dive chases, and talon pre­sen­ta­tion.

The Philip­pine ea­gle is en­demic to the Philip­pines. They are also a crit­i­cally en­dan­gered species and have been in­cluded in the IUCN list of threat­ened species since 1994. Their pop­u­la­tion con­tin­ues to de­crease due to habi­tat de­struc­tion, hunt­ing (for food, zoos, and ex­otic pet trade), and be­ing ac­ci­den­tally cap­tured in traps in­tended for other an­i­mals.

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